Thought Catalog

Bucket Lists

The Real Problem With Bucket Lists

The check mark is worth more than the experience. The problem I have lies not with the list itself, but rather that the focus lies on “ticking a box” and neglects the planning, the reflection, and taking in the moment.

The Surprising Justification For Keeping Your Bucket List

At 21, I ended a five year relationship with my first real love. I watched helplessly as all the plans we had made disintegrated in front of me. There went any house-buying-child-rearing-dreams I had naively been counting on. As a life-saving effort to start anew, I quickly wrote down “Move to a major city (12-13-2009).” And in parenthesis next to it, “(for a new beginning)”.